The Four Worlds and the Mysterious Ant People of the Hopi: What it Means For Us

The Hopi people of northeastern Arizona regard themselves as the first inhabitants of America. Their tribe, today, consists of twelve villages built on top of three rocky mesas – which are the flat-topped ridges that rise abruptly out of the desert plains. Even though the Hopi have been subjected to waves of external influences, and an overtly technological civilization swirls around them with all its materialistic lures, their way of life has remained suprisingly unaffected for millenia. They have maintained their sacred covenant with Maasaw – the Caretaker of the Earth and the Lord of the Dead – and live as peaceful, humble farmers, respecting the land and its resources, always remembering the Creator Taiowa and the spirit beings called Kachina, through their ceremonies, songs, dances and rituals, which helps, as they claim, to maintain the harmony and balance of the world.

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